Elaine Paden

Elaine Paden

URBANA – Elaine Pagel Paden, 96, of Urbana died at 9 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2013) at Meadowbrook Healthcare Center, Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana.

Services will be private.

Owens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Paden was born Jan. 10, 1917, in Egan, S.D., a daughter of William R. Pagel and Carrie Edith Rush Pagel. She married Donald W. Paden on Jan. 1, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Surviving are two sons, Douglas Paden of Urbana and Roger Paden of Silver Springs, Md.; a daughter, Shelley Paden of Cincinnati; and a grandchild; in addition to many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Paden received a bachelor's degree in 1937 from Sioux Falls College, and a master's degree in 1939 and a doctorate in 1943, both from the University of Iowa. She served on the faculty at Brooklyn College, Ohio University and the University of Maryland before coming to Urbana.

From 1949 to 1954, she was on the editorial staff of the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, whose editorial office was then at the University of Illinois. In 1952, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and worked in the area of phonetics and phonology. She retired in 1983.

In Big Ten universities, Dr. Paden pioneered in child phonology as related to speech disorders, and she taught the first course designed specifically for that purpose. Later, in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Hodson, she wrote the first book on phonological approach to therapy for highly unintelligible children, a popular text that is used nationwide. She also pioneered in computer instruction in phonetics.

She was the author of "A History of the American Speech and Hearing Association 1925-1958," "Exercises in Phonetic Transcription: A Programmed Workbook," and was co-author (with Barbara Hodson) of "Targeting Intelligible Speech: A Phonological Approach to Remediation."

She had a deep interest in the history of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). As a result, she wrote historical articles and taped interviews with several ASHA pioneers that are part of ASHA's permanent archives.

In addition to her research activities and teaching, Dr. Paden was acting head of the Speech and Hearing Science Department at the University of Illinois from 1979 to 1981.

In retirement, she continued an active career in research and publication on the relation of phonological development to other child speech problems, specifically those affected by temporary hearing deficit and stuttering. She was part of a research team studying childhood stuttering in 1997. In 1993, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Iowa, and the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Her husband, an avid rhododendron gardener and member of the American Rhododendron Society, developed and named a hardy pink rhododendron hybrid, Elaine Pagel Paden, after her.

Memorials may be made to the Elaine Paden Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Illinois Foundation, Harker Hall, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

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